Teen drivers and auto accidents: young drivers, adult charges

Teen drivers are statistically at high risk for making mistakes on the road. Many new drivers do not realize the absolute importance of obeying traffic laws and practicing defensive driving. Especially when friends are along for the ride, a young driver might be tempted to show off by speeding, texting or other unsafe practices. Teen drivers in Georgia who are involved in fatal auto accidents can be criminally charged the same as an older driver if they are found to be at fault for the injury or death of another person. 

Recently, a teen driver with a car full of friends failed to maintain control of the vehicle. Though investigators have not released many details as to the exact cause of the crash, they have stated that speed was likely a factor. The front seat passenger was killed in the crash. 

Two other teens were seated in the back of the car. They suffered serious injuries when the car ran off the roadway. Georgia officers who responded to the crash note that the part of the road where the teen wrecked has many sharp turns. A speeding driver could easily crash if caution is not a priority. 

What began as a fun ride for a group of friends ended in tragedy. An innocent boy was killed, and two others were badly hurt. Law enforcement is likely to press charges against the careless driver. The families of the victims may choose to hold the driver legally responsible for the suffering and loss they have experienced. When auto accidents make victims of innocent passengers, an experienced attorney can be an asset as loved ones prepare to seek justice against an errant driver. 

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